Week 14 at a glance
You’re a week into the second trimester!
If you’re 14 weeks pregnant and eagerly anticipating a sudden burst of Duracell-Bunny-style energy, we’re sorry to say that it might not happen quite so quickly.
While there’s no doubt that most women say the middle trimester is the easiest, that’s not a hard and fast rule.
As we’ve said before, everyone’s experience of pregnancy will be different — so here’s what you might encounter…
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- Week 14 at a glance
- Baby development at 14 weeks
- Pregnancy symptoms at 14 weeks
- Pregnancy tips at 14 weeks
Baby development at 14 weeks
Your baby’s spleen and liver are fully functioning, and their neck and spine are getting stronger, which means their head is starting to be more erect, and their body is straighter.
The kidneys are producing urine, adding to the amniotic fluid volume.
Their genitals have started developing by week 8, but even if you had a 14-week pregnant ultrasound, it’s probably too early to tell.
The genitals do not fully form till 17/18 weeks.
This is why your 20-week scan is generally the first opportunity to get a clear view of your baby’s gender.
What does a baby look like at 14 weeks in the womb?
If you could see inside there right now, chances are your baby would be practicing some facial expressions thanks to their facial muscles and brain impulses.
They’ll be busy learning how to smile, frown, squint, and even pucker up for a kiss!
Pregnancy symptoms at 14 weeks
For some, pregnancy at 14 weeks might be pretty cruisy, but for others, it can still take its toll.
So, while you might feel like shooting hypothetical daggers at your friends who are breezing through with nothing but a pimple or two, try not to feel too disappointed.
You’re just not in the honeymoon phase of the second trimester yet, and that’s okay.
As much as you might feel like getting on with some pre-baby tasks with your new-found energy, it’s still important to rest and put your feet up when you can.
And talking of “fun” 14-week pregnant symptoms…
Why is your nose so stuffy?
Your immune system is weaker while you’re pregnant, so you’re a bit more susceptible to common viruses.
Keep on top of daily hygiene like hand washing and try to avoid meeting friends or family members who are ill ‒ they’ll understand!
And now your gums are bleeding…
Around 1 in 10 pregnant women will experience bleeding gums as a result of pregnancy-related gum disease (blame the hormones).
There’s no need to panic, but do take note.
Keeping on top of your dental care is important now, so if you notice any bleeding, pain, or discomfort when you brush or floss your teeth, it might be time for a trip to the dentist.
How many months is 14 weeks pregnant?
You’re in your 4th month of pregnancy, with just 5 left to go.
It’s an exciting time and your fetus at 14 weeks is measuring about 3.5 inches long.
That’s about the size of your clenched fist.
They’re also getting more and more baby-like every day.
How likely is a miscarriage at 14 weeks?
But again, this statistic if solely based on a small set of women.
Can you feel baby at 14 weeks?
You might, if this isn’t your first pregnancy, as you know what to look out for.
Pregnancy tips at 14 weeks
You’re well on your way to bringing a tiny human into the world.
Here are some things to add to your checklist
- Tell your boss: Now’s a good time, in case you need to avoid certain tasks or prepare for maternity leave.
- Take pics of your bump: It’s only going to get bigger from here!
- Tailor your workout routine: Get used to easing up on things or accommodating your growing bump ‒ prenatal yoga can be a great addition here.
- Start your baby registry: Getting an idea of what you want (and need) is a must. Not sure where to start? We’ve got a full baby registry breakdown for you, right here.
- Treat yourself to a prenatal massage: Carrying around a growing baby bump can be tough on your body, so why not treat yourself to a relaxing prenatal massage? You deserve it, mama!
- Shortlist your favorite baby names: Got a list that’s three pages long? Same…
- Switch up your wardrobe: Go for comfort now, mama-to-be.
- Sleep on your left side: While it’s not explicitly recommended until 28 weeks, it’s worth getting used to it. Plus, it can help stave off reflux.
- Plan a gender reveal party: If you’re planning to find out the gender of your baby, why not make a party out of it? Plan a fun gender reveal event with family and friends, complete with blue or pink decorations and lots of tasty treats.
- Keep up with your prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are essential for a healthy pregnancy, so make sure you’re taking them every day. If you’re having trouble remembering, set a reminder on your phone or leave yourself a cute note on the fridge.
Remember, pregnancy is an amazing journey full of ups and downs.
Take time to enjoy the little moments, and don’t forget to laugh and have fun along the way.
You’re gonna be an amazing mom, we just know it!